Once upon a time, he reported for Bleeding Cool from comic book conventions. Now Donny Cates is an incredible hot comic book writer after the success of God Country from Image Comics, and successive title Redneck, and Baby Teeth from AfterShock. More are to come. But don't expect to see him writing Batman, Power Rangers, Kingsman or Star Trek again. He's been snapped up on work-for-hire comic books by Marvel Comics who have announced his exclusive deal.
Intriguingly, in a press release, Marvel cites Cates' bringing "his talent to comic powerhouses such as Image (God Country, Redneck), IDW (Star Trek), and Dark Horse (The Paybacks, Ghost Fleet, Buzzkill)". Note, no mention of Babyteeth at AfterShock, the publisher whose EIC used to be a senior Marvel editor, Mike Marts…
And now he is one of Marvel's exclusive writers. Which means guaranteed work, access to employee benefits and attenfing the Writers Summits which set up the landscape of Marvel comics to come.
"I've wanted to write for Marvel since I was a little kid, so the opportunity to come into this incredible world and play with all of these amazing characters is a dream come true for me," said Cates. "Everyone at Marvel has been great to work with, and we've put our collective heads together to make some really special stories for the fans. I've never been more excited to tell the stories that I'm telling today. I feel like a kid again. Albeit a kid who is inflicting…just terrible things upon all your favorite characters."
And they give us a further twist.
Today, Marvel can also reveal that Cates, along with artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta, will be the new creative team on DOCTOR STRANGE taking over the title in November. And with this new team comes a new Sorcerer Supreme- Loki, the Norse god of Mischief!
"There's a new sheriff in town…and he's not really the trustworthy type," Cates teased. "That's right, kids…Loki has taken the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme from our good Doctor! What does that mean for Stephen? And what lengths will Strange go to see his title and his home returned to him? I'll say this….you can guess all you like, but there is absolutely no way anyone will see the answers to these questions coming. As a dedicated Marvel fan myself, I can confidently say the events of this arc are some of the most shocking things in Marvel comics to date. I'm so excited to see what everyone thinks!"
And what has EIC Axel Alonso have to say about the ex-BC writer?
"Donny brings big ideas to the table, and that's going to be immediately apparent in his first projects," said Marvel EIC, Axel Alonso. "We expect him to be a major contributor to the Marvel Universe's evolution in the coming year…and beyond."
Yeah, well, I'm sure he still owes me an article or two, Axel…